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Memorable Manitobans: Andrew Murray Smith Ross (1879-1943)

Lawyer, soldier.

Born at Fisher River on 6 October 1880, son of the Reverend Andrew W. Ross and Sarah McCormick (?-?), he came to Manitoba in 1902 and was educated at Portage la Prairie Collegiate and the University of Manitoba. He served with the Strathcona Horse during the Boer War in South Africa, from 1900 to 1901. He later served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1st CMR, Fort Garry Horse and on the Imperial General Staff, from 1914 to 1919. He articled in law with William John James at Portage la Prairie and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1905, after which he practiced law in Winnipeg. He was made a King’s Counsel in 1929.

On 2 March 1909, he married Harriet Edna Redfern (1880-1933) of Montreal. They had no children. He was a member of the United Service Club, Southwood Golf Club, St. Charles Country Club, Adanac Club, Western Canadian Military Institute, Canadian Club, Winnipeg Rowing Club, Masons (Assiniboine Lodge), and Anglican church. He enjoyed golf, hunting, rowing, and reading. At the time of his death, he lived at 157 West Gate.

He died at the Deer Lodge Hospital on 27 December 1943 and was buried in the St. John's Cathedral Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Gemmill House (157 West Gate, Winnipeg)


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“11 Manitoba barristers named K.C.’s,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 January 1930, page 1.

Death registration [Harriet Edna Ross], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 28 December 1943, page 12.

“Major A. M. S. Ross, K.C., Winnipeg lawyer, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 December 1943. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 145]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 November 2021

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